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DU claims Sun Belt men’s golf championship, qualifies for NCAAs

The DU men’s golf team qualified for the NCAA tournament by winning the Sun Belt Conference championship. Photo: Rich Clarkson & Associates

The University of Denver men’s golf team won the 2011 Club Glove Sun Belt Conference men’s golf championship, held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala., after the third round was canceled due to severe weather that prevented it from beginning.

The winner was determined by the scores from the first two rounds. The Pioneers led the tournament with a 3-under par 573. The Pioneers claimed their second SBC crown in program history and first since 2008.

“I am really proud of our team,” says head coach Eric Hoos. “We came here with confidence and determination and got the job done. I am really excited for our team that we get to represent the University at the NCAA regional championships.”

Junior Troy Anderson of Paradise Valley, Calif., posted the highest finish for the Pioneers, tying for sixth place with a score of 2-under par 142.

Freshman Oskar Arvidsson of Karna, Sweden, finished tied for eighth place with a 1-under par 143 for the tournament while freshman Ole Ramsnes of Stavanger, Norway, and senior Klinton Krieger  of Cheyenne, Wyo., moved into a tie for 11th with tournament totals of even-par 144.

North Texas and Louisiana-Monroe finished four shots behind the Pioneers, followed by Arkansas State at 8 over par and Louisiana-Lafayette at 12 over par.

DU awaits its automatic selection to the NCAA regionals.

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